|The Aavi'’s milk processing plant at Padalur in Perambalur district will start production by January next year and all arrangements have been made for the hygienic processing of the milk and production of dairy products at this unit.|
The plant has been established at an estimate of Rs. 36 crore jointly contributed by the State government (Rs. 18 crore), National Programme for Dairy Development (Rs. 7 crore) and the Tiruchi District Milk Producers Union (Rs. 11 crore).
The unit has a distinct feature with fully automated machinery -- right from taking the milk cans at the outer end to production of ghee at the other corner of the processing plant which is spread over a sprawling area of 22 acres.
The plant can process one lakh litres of milk daily, thereby reducing the burden on the processing unit at Tiruchi. “The processing unit at Tiruchi now handles 2.5 lakh litres daily and it will be reduced it to 1.5 lakh litre, from January onwards,” an official of the Aavin told The Hindu on Monday.
Further, the Padalur unit, by virtue of its location close to Perambalur district, will be able to process milk produced in Perambalur and Ariyalur districts where only bulk milk coolers are available.
With this unit, the milk production across Tiruchi region would also be strengthened. “We will be able to enhance milk production in and around Tiruchi,” the source said. It has been planned to step up supply even up to Tambaram. Padalur unit would be able to despatch 30,000 litres to Tambaram daily in course of time.